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Stevewlf 09-22-2011 10:07 AM

TransPac 49
I'm considering purchase of a 1978 TransPac 49 and have only seen listings or write-ups on 3, using Google.

I have contacted the Tiawan builder and they did respond with some some information but they never provided me with the number built. I haven't seen but one on the US west coast.

I'm also interested in any deck or hull problems in these this (older) solid glass boat. I have owned several boats built in the Far East but I'm unfamilier with this builder.

If anyone owns (has owned) or crewed aboard one of these boats, I would appreciate some information on their off shore performance.

Thanks, and I appreciate this forum and any opinion or comments.


OfEncore4912 10-01-2011 11:59 PM

Hi Steve,

The Transpacs are failry swift for their displacement; sporting a
relatively long waterline/LOA ratio. The rest depends on the rig installed.
Most were built as Ketch Rigs but as with most Ketches we fould the
Mizzen to be fairly useless except on reaches and downwind.
I think a few TransPacs were built as Yawls which should perform a bit better.

My family had a custom 1978 Transpac built for them in Taiwan, Hull # 12.
It had a 70% all-custom interior; most notably the Galley sink island ran
paralell to the keel, rather than sticking out from the Port side. Many, many other changes too.
It also had two stern windows instead of the usual 3 for reasons I will explain.
Original paint scheme was Black. Original name was 'Encore'.

My dad was more than a bit of an engineer and took several trips to Taiwan
to oversee the construction and add countless modifications;
some of which were actually adapted to later Transpac 49s and MK IIs.

First off, these are extremely thick-hulled boats; don't worry about the F/G.
They were built basically by the same builder as the still-Famous Mason 43s
(Famous for good workmanship).

Dad originally commisioned hull # 8, but that boat was distroyed during shipping;
It was on the deck of a huge container ship with several other boats when the
ship ran into what was described as the worst pacific storm in 30 years.
Most of the brand-new boats broke their deck lines and started a huge
sliding demo derby on the deck of the container ship. Must have been quite a sight :)

The Transpac 49 was the only boat left in recognizable condition;
although still a total loss. Most of the damage was in the stern as I understand it.
That is why dad changed the drawings for hull #12 to have only 2 stern windows.
He also made reinforcements to the rudder post cage and other structural
improvements added to later Transpac 49s and MK IIs.

As with any used sailboat check the usual items; such as electrolysis of
the rigging (improper grounding) which can fuse a rig together over time
to the point where you need the Jaws of Life to take anything apart.
(That happed to me on a Lancer 40).

If you happen accross Hull # 12 let me know as I have more info and
pictures taken during the construction process that might be helpful for you.
Dad's bio is here; including a link showing our Transpac 49 'Encore'.
Darrel Krause

Best Regards,
Jeff Krause

amunro 04-19-2012 03:40 PM

Re: TransPac 49
Not sure if you ever got an answer. My girlfriend owns one in Seattle. If you'd like to look it over and ask any questions I'd be happy to help you out.

Hull problems? Zero and don't anticipate any. Deck problems consist only of the usual leaks around things that weren't sealed well when holes were drilled for fittings, etc. Currently it's all in good order.

Other than that, it's all about keeping up with aging systems - just like any other boat.

We generally cruise at 8 knots under power at 1.1 gph (averaged over many tanks of fuel). In any air worth putting the sails up it will do 6.5-8.5 knots. Fastest I've ever seen under sail was 10 knots on a down hill run from Pt Townsend to Seattle on a very windy afternoon.

Fastest I ever crossed over the ground was 14.5 knots - through Cattle Pass at just the right moment :-)

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